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Can I request a DNA test to find out if I'm a grandparent?

If you have a son who believes he may have fathered a child, it can be very overwhelming for you as their parent. You may have become a grandparent, but you do not know for sure. For many people in this position, it is very frustrating because their child may not be taking the appropriate action in order to attempt to establish paternity.

Can I seek custody of my Pennsylvania grandchild?

If you are a grandparent in the state of Pennsylvania, you may be wondering about what your legal rights are in regard to visitation and the right to seek custody. You are one of the child's closest relatives, and you may have reason to believe that it is in the best interests of the child that he or she is in your custody.

Voicing concerns about your grandchild

As a grandparent, you will love and care for your grandchildren as though they were your own children, but that does not mean that you have the automatic legal right to visitation or custody over them that a direct parent would have. This is why it is such a difficult situation when grandparents have concerns about the welfare of their grandchildren.

Visitation rights for grandparents

As a grandparent, you can feel love for your grandchildren to the same extent as if they were your own children. However, because you are not their parents directly, you do not automatically have custody over them. This can cause problems when you believe that the parents of your grandchildren are unfit, or when they are preventing you from being able to see your grandchildren.

What are my rights as a grandparent in Pennsylvania?

If you are a grandparent in Pennsylvania that is struggling to successfully visit your grandchildren, it can be a frustrating and heartbreaking situation to be in. You may even find yourself fearing for their welfare or safety, feeling powerless to do anything.

Grandparents' right hinge on the children's best interests

Grandparents may want visitation rights after a couple including one of their children gets divorced. They hope that their grandchildren will still be a big part of their lives, and they don't want to lose that connection.

3 key facts about grandparents' rights in Pennsylvania

When it comes to grandparents' rights, the states are allowed to set their own laws and regulations. This can lead to a lot of confusion when people move between states and assume that the statutes are going to be the same. They may be similar, but they're typically not identical.

What a lawyer can do to help Philadelphia grandparents


Many grandparents have close relationships with their grandchildren. In many situations, grandparents babysit their grandchildren regularly or at least see them frequently. And, in some cases, a grandparent may even step in and take over for the parent as the child's caregiver.

Constitutional considerations could affect grandparents' rights


Not too long ago, we described the criteria that Pennsylvania courts use to determine grandparents' rights to custody of their grandchildren. Philadelphia County grandparents may wonder if there are other legal considerations that could impact their rights with respect to their grandchildren. There is a U.S. Supreme Court case that dealt with the relationship between grandparents' rights and parents' rights. This blog post will give a 10,000 foot view of this Supreme Court decision.

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